Also known as: Last Friends
Genres: Friendship, Drama, Domestic violence
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: April 10, 2008 to June 19, 2008
Producer: Nakano Toshiyuki
Screenwriter: Kang Eun Kyung
Directors: Kato Hiromasa (加藤裕将) (ep1-3,8,11), Nishisaka Mizuki (西坂瑞城) (ep4-5,9-10), Endo Mitsutaka (遠藤光貴) (ep6-7,SP)
Nagasawa Masami as Aida Michiru
Ueno Juri as Kishimoto Ruka
Eita as Mizushima Takeru
Nishikido Ryo as Oikawa Sosuke
Mizukawa Asami as Takigawa Eri
Yamazaki Shigenori as Ogura Tomohiko
Synopsis: Michiru is a young woman who lives at home with her mother who has brought a man back to their home. She’s bullied at the beauty parlor she works at. After her boyfriend, Sosuke, a young man who works at the Child Welfare Division, asks her to move in with him she leaves her mothers. Sosuke is a good man, the only person who can give her emotional support. But after she moves in with him things start to change and she becomes a victim of domestic violence and starts to fear her love. Ruka, a boyish girl who was a classmate of Michiru’s in junior high school comes back into her life. Ruka is a motocross racer and has big dreams of winning the national championship. As the story progresses, she starts to develop a deep worry that she feels the need to hide from her parents and her friends. Takeru is a hair and makeup artist who’s acquainted with Ruka. He has an attraction for Ruka, but because of a past trauma he has a phobia of sex. They all become house mates and through their associations with others, gain the capacity to be positive about life.
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Spoiler Code – Green
This drama left me deep in thought even after I finished it. None of the episodes were boring, each one left me wanting to watch the next, it was just so good. The story is on the more mature and serious nature, so I wouldn’t recommend watching this drama if you’re in the mood for something light and funny. It’s not a romance either. The story deals more with abuse, friendship, growing stronger and finding yourself. Each character had their own story, their own problems they were struggling with.
What really got to me in this drama was the realism of it. There are people that go through these types of issues in real life, and they don’t always have someone by their side to help them get back on their feet. In the drama you find out more about each person as the story progresses, it made me think a lot about the people in my own life, everyone struggles with something, some people have deep dark secrets their embarrassed to talk about or afraid to talk about.
The acting was done really well! Exceptional! I haven’t seen any of the other actors act in anything else, except for Nishikido Ryo, I’ve seen him in 1 Litre Of Tears. Needless to say, seeing him go from his character there to this one proves how much of a good actor he is. Sosuke was dark, his character was scary in ways because of the things he did. Nagasawa Masami as Michiru did a really good job, you saw her character getting stronger as the drama progressed. Ueno Juri as Ruka did an excellent job, her character had a lot of internal suffering going on as you find out more as each episode ends. I loved Eita’s character, Takeru, even with all the things he’s gone through he’s an upbeat guy, admirable. The rest of the cast was really good, as well.
The music was good, the theme song, “Prisoner Of Love” by Utada Hikaru was perfect for the drama. The lyrics really matched with what the characters felt. The instrumental to it was really nice as well. The rest of the instrumentals fit the drama as well.
Will I rewatch this again? Someday. Serious dramas like this I love and enjoy for their realism, but I’m not sure when I’ll rewatch this, if I do it won’t be for a while.
Overall: It’s a really good drama, I’d recommend it to everyone. It deals with a lot of issues. I found myself needing to watch each episode, like I mentioned above – I wasn’t bored with any of this drama. There was always something going on to keep me intrigued and wanting to see what happens next.
The impact of their friendship, how each of them were willing to do anything to protect each other, that’s the most important part of this drama I feel.
I wished they’d of gone a little more into detail about a few things, but overall it was done really well, I can’t say it enough!
I wrote this review back in November. This drama still leaves a lasting impression on me every time I think about it. This is a drama that touches on many topics and if you’re the type who likes dramas that deal with more mature themes then this one is a good one to check out!
“Prisoner of Love” – Utada Hikaru
“Prisoner of Love” [Instrumental]
My overall rating for this drama would be a 9/10
Stream it here: Mysoju